Joanna Bristow Watkins

ChineseNewYear

  • Chinese New Year of the Pig, Tuesday 5th February

    year of the pig 2019Tuesday 5th February is the Chinese and Japanese Lunar New Year, following the New Moon. (there's still time to do your New Moon Abundance Cheques until 21.04 GMT tonight). Celebrate with vegetarian snacks and fireworks, drums and cymbals from sunset onwards. Spring clean your house in preparation and decorate with strips of red paper with messages of long life, health, wealth & happiness. Visit friends and family, buy new clothes, especially shoes and settle debts.

    The actual date of the Chinese New Year (also called the Spring Festival) changes from year to year.  This is because it is determined by the lunisolar Chinese calendar.  The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year.

    Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals, which are rotated from those in the Chinese zodiac. The twelve animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Similar to the Western zodiac, the Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 houses, but with the major difference being that each house lasts one year instead of one month. 

    In addition each year is allocated one of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) and these are changed every two years. So after the New Year has occurred:

    Years ending in the numbers 4 or 5 = Wood
    Years ending in the numbers 6 or 7 = Fire
    Years ending in the numbers 8 or 9 = Earth
    Years ending in the numbers 0 or 1 = Metal
    Years ending in the numbers 2 or 3 = Water

    The Year of the Pig - a joyous year bringing good luck and prosperity - runs 5th February 2019 until 25th January 2020 (image above is licenced by CC0 Public Domain). The Chinese traditionally view pigs as having a beautiful personality and their big ears and chubby faces means they are blessed with good fortune.  TheEarth Pig specifically is associated with lightness and abundance however budgets should be carefully managed. It is advised that well-considered actions will be rewarded more than risk-taking in thisPig Year.

    The Chinese zodiac signs start with Rat and end with Pig so this is the close of a 12 year cycle. This indicates that it is a good time to take a break and review and learn from the previous 11 years. It should be a relaxing, motivating and happy year for most.  More from Chinesenewyear.net.

  • Friday 12th February, Chinese New Year of the Ox

    Chinese New Year w goldFriday 12th February is Chinese, and Japanese, New Year of the Metal Ox which will last until Sunday 30th January 2022. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2021 is more of a lucky year for men and women born in the Year of the Ox, the Year of the Snake, the Year of the Rooster, and the Year of the Rat. Chinese New Year image by Antonia Skelton.

    The Chinese calendar rotates through 60-year cycles based on 12 earthly branches, each represented by an animal year, as well as five element years which are wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  2020 was the Year of the Metal Rat and 2021 is the Year of the Metal Ox. Each earthly branch is characterised, on a deeper level, by a yin or yang force and its own element.

    In the Year of the Rat, the force was the active, fast and hard, masculine yang energy whilst its element was water, known for being in constant flux. The ox’s earthly branch, in contrast, carries yin energy, which is feminine energy that is passive, soft and slow. Its element is earth, represents stability and nurturing. It is believed these characteristics of the ox and its associated energies have positive and favourable synergy.

    The sign of the Ox is the second animal of the Chinese zodiac and represents hard work, positivity and honesty that will be manifested in all of us in the coming 12 months, according to astrologers. In order, the 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

    The Chinese Astrological year is governed by the lunar cycles. Aligning ourselves with the moon cycle is very therapeutic, hence being aware of the New moon (good for starting new projects) and Full Moon (a good time for bringing projects to a conclusion) is excellent for bringing harmony and wellbeing into our lives. 

    Harmony Healing activities are aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life. If you are looking for spiritually enlightening activities during lockdown, which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have the next virtual healing circle later this month on Friday 26th February, at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT), and costs £10 (+ £1 Paypal fee). During this session, we connect with other like-minded people and together we work through a mindful chakra balancing process using colours and etheric crystals, with the aim that all participants will experience a degree of unity consciousness. This activity serves as a good taster of my work in general and the virtual format of our Zoom based programme.

    If you would like to experience one of our spiritual offerings (meditation, reading, 1:1 healing, a Forest Bathing+ session or a full mentoring course), why not ask for a Harmony Healing gift voucherfor a birthday or other celebratory occasion? 

    A number of virtual courses are now ready, details on Harmony Healing Virtual Events. Currently, due to Coronavirus, most events will be virtual hence distant readings and healings are proving popular. We don't recommend giving a reading or healing to another person, without first checking whether it would be welcomed.

    Joanna offers distant intuitive readings (past life and/or aura readings) and distant 1-2-1 healings and virtual healing circles. We also have meditations available.

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  • New Moon & Chinese New Year, 15th/16th February 2018

    Thursday 15th February is the New Moon @ 21.06.New Moon image cropped toght

    This New Moon Abundance ritual  should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. 

    It is a good day for creating a personal or corporate Vision Board for the remainder of 2018. 

    Friday 16th February is the Chinese and Japanese Lunar New Year, following the New Moon. Celebrate with vegetarian snacks and fireworks, drums and cymbals from sunset onwards. Spring clean your house in preparation and decorate with strips of red paper with messages of long life, health, wealth & happiness. Visit friends and family, buy new clothes, especially shoes and settle debts.

    The actual date of the Chinese New Year (also called the Spring Festival) changes from year to year.  This is because it is determined by the lunisolar Chinese calendar.  The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year.

    Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals, which are rotated from those in the Chinese zodiac. Similar to the Western zodiac, the Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 houses, but with the major difference being that each house lasts one year instead of one month.  In addition each year is allocated one of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) and these are changed every two years. So after the New Year has occurred:

    Years ending in the numbers 4 or 5 = Wood
    Years ending in the numbers 6 or 7 = Fire
    Years ending in the numbers 8 or 9 = Earth
    Years ending in the numbers 0 or 1 = Metal
    Years ending in the numbers 2 or 3 = Water

    freepik.com chinese new year concept with golden dog 23 2147732447The year just ending is the Fire (or Red) Rooster. 

    This will be the New Year of the Golden (or Yellow, or in some areas Brown depending on the colour seen as best suited to the earth element) Earth Dog. The dog is independent, clever and sincere. As man's best friend they are seen as extremely devoted and loyal; they can be relied upon to stick with you. Dogs are also pack animals, but which sometimes like to run off on their own.

    The Year of the Dog is the eleventh animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Dog will be in 2030. Dog image on the right is a background vector created by Freepik.

    The element of Earth represents growth and nourishment, associated with harmony, practicality and hard work. Earth anchors and sustains you and seeks to nurture and be nurtured. According to chinesefortunecalendar.com,2018 is male earth dog and male earth is associated with dry soil, mounds, walls or mountains, so 2018 will be a very strong Earth. Hence events linked to real estate, land, agriculture, territories, minerals and earthquakes will be active. Chinese Astrology also connects Earth to meditation, stability and religion, so there will be a growth in religious and spiritual studies.

    A hard working and loyal Dog, combined with the sensible and steady Earth indicates a rewarding, secure and profitable year. Apparently it's a year when projects can blossom and thrive! The Earth Dog combines the diligence and integrity of the dog with a 'down-to-earth' climate, ideal for enduring enterprises which require persistence and tenacity. Investments in real estate are favoured in the year of the golden dog.

    So the advice is to take advantage of a year of unity, peace and goodwill which will reward those who are hard working and persistent. Those who have the courage to face challenges and persevere will be recompensed. For more on your Chinese astrology seechina-family-adventure.com.

    According to MoscowTimes.com, after the 2017 Year of the Rooster, appertaining to eccentricities, whims and a fight for pecking order [which world leader(s) elected in during 2017 could that remind you of?], the year of the Golden Earth Dog has potential for more solidarity, communication and co-operation. However, dogfights could erupt from the alpha male issue and rival small-knit splinter groups could form.  But provided the alpha male run-ins can be avoided, 2018 could herald a year for brotherhood philosophies, industrial scale collaborations and new policies of social justice and empathy, so here's hoping...

    London hosts the largest Chinese New Year Celebrations outside Asia.  With the exact time of the New Moon falling around 9pm on Thursday 15th January, New Years Eve will be celebrated from the 15th with New Year's Day on Friday 16th, but the London celebrations are happening on Sunday 18th. See this link for full details.

     

  • New Moon New Vision; Lunar Cycle Alignment Programme

    Wednesday 6th October - Thursday 4th November

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    Working through the 28 Mansions of the Moon, includes live Zoom calls, distant attunements, ongoing community support.

  • Saturday 25th January, Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat

    Moon Scarletts shot square

    Saturday 25th January is Chinese New Year, which is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, so starts this year after the New Moon on Friday 24th January @ 21:44.

    This marks the start of the Year of the Metal Rat, which runs until the evening of Lunar New Years Eve on Thursday 11th February 2021. Image by cienpies purchased from Istock.

    The Rat is the first of the twelve zodiac animals in the Chinese zodiac. According to myth, as detailed in chinesenewyear.com the Jade Emperor said that the order in which they arrived to his party, would decide the order in the zodiac. The Rat coaxed the Ox into giving him a ride. As they approached the finish line, the Rat arrived first by jumping down and landing ahead of Ox.

    As explained in chinahighlights.com, there is also a rotation of five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal. water. Each element lasts 12 years as it continues through a full rotation of all zodiac animals, making a 60 year cycle.  Meaning that we last experienced the year of the Metal Rat 60 years ago, between 28th January 1960 and 14th February 1961.

    This means that in the year of your 60th birthday, you will retun to your original birth zodiac sign in terms of animal and element.  As I was born in the year of the Metal Rat in 1960, this will apply to me this year!

    Rats are traditionally seen as a sign of wealth and surplus in Chinese culture and married couples pray to them for children, because of their reproduction rate.

    In China, generally the New Year celebration is a major event with seven days' absence from work, from New Year’s Eve (Friday 24th January) until the 6th day of the first lunar month (Thursday 30th January). Sadly this year, the outbreak of Coronavirus has limited the festivities in some large cities.

    Some Chinese families take their Zodiac very seriously and use the horoscopes to bring balance and wellbeing into their lives. There is advice on lucky and unlucky colours to wear, numbers to seek out and ones to avoid, plus recommended directions of auspiciousness, wealth and love. There are also guidelines on which zodiac animals are most and least compatible as life partners.

    For Joanna's events and courses aimed at bringing harmony and wellbeing into your life, including Walton-on-Thames Healing Shares, mini-workshops and Forest Bathing+ Case Studies, see this 2020 Harmony Healing Event Update.

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